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Come Sunday

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Omar Thomas

Omar Thomas

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 12:05
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Omar Thomas
Cost: Score and Parts (rental) - $400.00   |   Score Only (print) - $50.00


1. Testimony - 6:25
2. Shout! - 5:35


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Drum Set (crash cymbal, mounted tambourine, kick drum)
  • Splash Cymbals, 8 and 10 inch
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Tom


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

I played trombone in wind ensembles from the 4th grade through college. This experience has contributed significantly to the life I lead now. I had the pleasure of being exposed to sounds, colors, moods, rhythms, and melodies from all over the world. Curiously absent, however, was music told authentically from the African-American experience. In particular, I couldn’t understand how it was that no composer ever thought to tell the story of a black worship experience through the lens of a wind ensemble. I realize now that a big part of this was an issue of representation. One of the joys and honors of writing music for wind ensemble is that I get to write music that I wish had existed when I was playing in these groups -- music that told the story of the black experience via black composers. I am so grateful to Dr. Tony Marinello and the Illinois State University Wind Symphony for leading an incredible consortium that brought this piece to life. I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to hanging with Tony and the group for a week in about a month’s time!

Come Sunday is a two-movement tribute to the Hammond organ’s central role in black worship services. The first movement, Testimony, follows the Hammond organ as it readies the congregation's hearts, minds, and spirits to receive The Word via a magical union of Bach, blues, jazz, and R&B. The second movement, Shout!, is a virtuosic celebration -- the frenzied and joyous climactic moment(s) when The Spirit has taken over the service. The title is a direct nod to Duke Ellington, who held an inspired love for classical music and allowed it to influence his own work in a multitude of ways. To all the black musicians in wind ensemble who were given opportunity after opportunity to celebrate everyone else’s music but our own -- I see you and I am you. This one’s for the culture!

- Program Note by composer


  • National Band Association Revelli Composition Contest, 2019, winner

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

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  • Texas A&M University (College Station) Wind Symphony (Timothy Rhea, conductor) - 18 October 2020
  • Elmhurst (Ill.) College Wind Ensemble (James Hile, conductor) – 15 March 2020
  • Vandegrift High School (Austin, TX) Wind Ensemble (Mike Howard, conductor) - 12 March 2020
  • University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) Wind Ensemble (Randall O. Coleman, conductor) - 5 March 2020 (86th Annual ABA National Convention)
  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Wind Ensemble (Catherine Rand, conductor) - 5 March 2020
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Symphony Band (Richard Mark Heidel, conductor) – 29 February 2020
  • Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew Mast, conductor) – 29 February 2020
  • University of California Berkeley Wind Ensemble I (Matthew Sadowski, conductor) – 28 February 2020
  • James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Va.) Wind Symphony (Stephen Bolstad, conductor) – 22 February 2020
  • University of Missouri (Columbia) Wind Ensemble (Brian Silvey, conductor) – 20 February 2020 (CBDNA 2020 Southwestern Division Conference, Norman, Okla.)
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Symphony Band (Richard Mark Heidel, conductor) – 20 February 2020 (CBDNA 2020 North Central Division Conference, Chicago, Ill.)
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Wind Symphony (Scott C. Tobias, conductor) – 14 February 2020
  • Baylor University (Waco, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Eric Wilson, conductor) - 13 February 2020 (2020 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • Baylor University (Waco, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Eric Wilson, conductor) – 7 February 2020
  • University of Kentucky (Lexington) Wind Symphony (John Cody Birdwell, conductor) – 1 February 2020
  • United States Coast Guard Band (New London, Conn.) (Adam Williamson, conductor) – 22 January 2020
  • Florida All-State Symphonic Band (Tampa) (David Waybright, conductor) – 11 January 2020
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Symphonic Winds (Anthony Marinello, III, conductor) – 15 November 2018 *Premiere Performance*

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